On Monday, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it clear that the country does not support Russia’s return to the Group of Seven. Donald Trump proposed over the weekend that he would extend an invitation to Russia to the event.
“Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a number of years ago, and its continued disrespect and flaunting of international rules and norms is why it remains outside of the G7, and it will continue to remain out,” Trudeau told reporters during his daily news conference.
On Saturday, Trump announced that he was postponing the Group of Seven Summit until September and that he hoped to expand the invitation list to include Australia, Russia, South Korea, and India.
Trump called the G7 “very outdated group of countries.”
When Trudeau was asked if he would attend the G7 if Vladimir Putin attended, he did not answer, but did reply that there were “many discussions needed before the summit.”
Trudeau added that the G20 group, which does include Russia, was a forum that included countries “we don’t necessarily have great relations with”.
“The G7 has always been a place for frank conversations with allies and friends who share so much. That’s certainly what I’m hoping to continue to see,” Trudeau said.
On Monday, Trump reportedly spoke with Putin and informed him that he wanted to expand the G7 to include Russia.
Russia was booted from the G8 back in 2014 during Barack Obama’s presidency. Russia lost its spot after it annexed the Crimea region from Ukraine.
Various G7 governments have previously rebuffed Trump’s calls to bring Moscow back into the fold.